Rheanna Marie Hodges, 17, will remain in county jail following Judge Mark Moseley’s denial of a motion for her release by her defense attorney this morning.
The judge said the defendant’s counsel, public defender Julie Johnson, didn’t present enough information about her clients’ current mental health status for him to release her on her own recognizance. He said such information might convince him to release her to a mental health facility, rather than keeping her in jail under a bond.
Ms. Hodges, pictured above, is accused of holding a knife to a classmate’s throat the morning of May 13. The students were friends, the victim’s father said in court about 9:15 a.m. He said his home is just two-tenths of a mile from the Ms. Hodges’ residence.
Prosecutor Lorelie Papel argued that even with GPS monitoring of Ms. Hodges’ whereabouts, the close proximity between the victim and defendant would not give authorities enough time to respond should Ms. Hodges violate a protection order prohibiting contact with the victim.
According to sheriff’s office investigator Tracie Benton, who interviewed Ms. Hodges following the incident at BCHS, the defendant said she had three plans that morning, including holding the victim hostage until a school resource officer responded, at which point she planned to take his gun and use it to commit suicide. She also spoke of going on a stabbing “rampage” and targeting another student specifically, said the investigator.
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